Building Collapse Leaves Days of Cleanup

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

August 8, 2005
Saturday’s windy weather is to blame for a building collapse near Grovetown Saturday. People have been stopping by the collapse site all morning.

“The whole building’s knocked down, there’s tons of steel, it’s crushed,” said one passer-by.

Many came by wondering what happened, and others asking when the mess will be cleaned up. Insurance adjusters need to survey the damage before contractors can begin fixing it.

“A very sad, just one of those things you don’t wanna see, but it does happen on occasion,” said Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross.

Cross says the building was vulnerable because only the metal frame of the building was up.

High winds on Saturday afternoon caused the structure to fall. At the site of the collapse, boards and metal are all over the place, but no one was hurt. Workers left around noon for lunch, and the structure went down shortly after that.

This may put the construction back a few months. Members of India-based Uniparts own the building. Representatives will be in town later this week to meet with the contractor.

A local business owner who works right next door to the accident site says he feels for them.

“It’s terrible, I know they were looking forward to getting in there soon, and it’s just a really bad accident for them, I feel bad for them,” the business owner said.

Commissioner Cross says cleanup will probably start in a few days.

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